National and State Experts Gather to Discuss Domestic Violence Advocacy in NC



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National and State Experts Gather for Film Screening and Panel Discussion about Domestic Violence Advocacy in NC


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –National and statewide experts will come together to discuss how organizations and everyday citizens can play a role in ending domestic violence in North Carolina on October 23 at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre.

Hosted by Compass Center for Women and Families, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that provides comprehensive domestic violence crisis services, the event provides an opportunity for domestic violence advocacy experts to engage community members in grassroots activism.

“Research shows that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime.  It affects people of all backgrounds regardless of age, income, gender identity, religion, gender expression and sexual orientation,” said Cordelia Heaney, Executive Director of Compass Center.  “We need to bring this pervasive social, health, and human rights issues out of private spaces and into the public consciousness.  We hope this event raises awareness about domestic violence and inspires community members to join the fight against domestic abuse.”

Panelists include:

  • Jasmine S. McGhee,Special Deputy Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice
  • Beth Meeks, Capacity Technical Assistance Director , National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Amily McCool, Legal and Policy Director, NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Rebecca J. Macy, UNC at Chapel Hill School of Social Work


The short documentary, “Five Awake,” chronicles five women in Louisiana as they successfully advocate for a legislative package to protect victims of domestic abuse and save lives. Their advocacy resulted in unanimous passage of the most comprehensive package of bills ever aimed at stopping domestic violence.  The screening is free and open to the public. Visit www.compassctr.org to learn more.


Compass Center for Women and Families is a 501 (c) (3) that helps individuals and families build stable lives by preventing domestic violence and becoming self-sufficient.  We provide career and financial literacy education, assistance with legal resources, and adolescent empowerment programs, as well as domestic violence services. 


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